Five Aussie start-ups looking to crack Obama’s America

11:38PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Economic growth is set to be a key focus of Barack Obama’s second term as president. When it comes to seizing opportunities in the US market, these five Aussie start-ups say “yes we can”. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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A smelly situation

11:43PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Taskmaster

A case recently before Fair Work Australia has raised some critical questions about industrial relations in this country.

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Top 10 worries keeping Aussie start-ups awake at night

11:36PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are cashflow concerns or marketing issues keeping you up at night? New research reveals you aren't alone. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Growth of Android ecosystem underlines app opportunities

11:55PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There are increasing opportunities for aspiring app developers in the Android ecosystem, new research suggests, as the wide range of brands and price points continues to win over consumers.

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Flexible, cash-strapped travellers GetGoing

11:34PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A San Francisco-based start-up called GetGoing helps airlines fill empty seats by sending travellers to mystery destinations. It’s an idea that could get off the ground in Australia too.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

No Cup day cut as interest rates hold at 3.25%

11:39PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank has confounded expectations by leaving the cash rate unchanged at 3.25%, despite widespread predictions of a 25 basis point cut, and an appeal from Westpac chief Gail Kelly to help lift flagging consumer sentiment.

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New Year investment expectations at record high: D&B

11:28PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a third of Australian businesses expect to boost their long-term investments in the New Year, according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet survey, as firms respond to lower interest rates.

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Control your mobile with your eyes

11:51PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Imagine a tablet computer that could automatically flip the pages of an eBook by tracking your eyes? Thanks to new technology from a Danish company, such a device could soon be on the way.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Online security shortfall set to hurt retailers over Christmas: Report

11:00AM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses are being urged to ramp up their online security measures in the lead-up to Christmas, with research revealing only a third of businesses have a risk management procedure in place.

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Melbourne Cup: The overseas raiders hoping to storm the start-up business field

11:22PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Veteran racehorse trainer Bart Cummings accused the Victoria Racing Club of “pandering to the internationals” for tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup, but what of the overseas start-ups jostling for position with budding Australian business thoroughbreds?

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SMEs set for incentive blitz amid yawning retail space vacancies

11:17PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail start-ups are being encouraged to sniff out incentives from landlords who are desperate to fill space, as established brands begin to avoid shopping centres due to high rents.

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The Pollenizer effect

11:04PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Since start-up incubator Pollenizer launched four-and-a-half years ago, Australia’s tech sector has grown dramatically. Here are five secrets to how Pollenizer assesses and works with start-ups. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Ratings system for gym junkies

11:57PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ever wanted to know how effective a particular fitness class is at burning fat or building muscle? A new review website called RateYourBurn can help you to find out.

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Be ready for December 23 email blitz, retailers warned

11:00AM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

December 23 will be the biggest day of December for retailers receiving traffic from email campaigns, according to an Experian analyst, who has outlined some key Christmas findings.

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New “Hop” suitcase follows its user

11:11PM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new suitcase, called the Hop, looks for signals sent from a users’ mobile phone and automatically follows them like a lost puppy.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

How we hustled our way into 500 Startups: Kickfolio

11:00AM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

AngelCube alumni Kickfolio has highlighted the “hustle” it went through in order to be accepted into US accelerator 500 Startups, which recently announced its newest batch of companies.

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New research reaffirms potential of China and India for retailers

11:09PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New research reaffirms the potential of the Chinese and Indian markets for retailers, but categories such as fashion are being outshone by more “necessary” categories such as health.

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Media darling Mia Freedman features on new video platform Eventer

11:01PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based software development company Cogent has launched a new video platform to share events online, which has already featured big-name speakers including Mia Freedman.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | How I did it

Smartphone app sends video messages

11:19PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

When it comes to SMS, the revolution will be televised. A new iPhone app makes it as easy to record a video message as it is to send a text.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Startup Weekend to launch 10,000 start-ups via new partnership

11:00AM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Startup Weekend has teamed up with TechStars and Startup America to launch a new program dubbed Startup Weekend Next, which will aim to create 10,000 start-ups throughout the world.

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